Beautiful Numbers (verdana) (Works)

Beautiful Numbers (verdana) -
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, west wall.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Carbon I (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas mounted on masonite with inlays, 29 1/8 x 39 3/8 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Oil (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Democracy I (1945/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Life (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Carbon II, 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 26 x 36 1/2in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, west wall with Stefan Sagmeister
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Water (1990/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 27 x 38 1/2 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Suicide I (1950/2005), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/5 x 16 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Woman II (1900/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/16 x 23 5/8 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, north and west walls.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Suicide II (2000/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 43 x 27 1/4 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Death Penalty (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 16 1/2 x 38 3/8 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Famine I (1860/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Democracy II (1920/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 17 2/4 x 35 3/4 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Inequality (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, north wall.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Disasters I (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition (6 +1AP), 60 x 46 in.">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Famine II (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, north and west walls.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Woman I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 19 5/8 x 16 15/16 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=News (1955/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Stuff (2000/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - installation view, east wall.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Illiteracy (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Homicide, (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Poverty, 1820/2020. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) -
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Guitars (1960/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. ">
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Installation view, east and south walls.
Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - <i data-src=Literacy I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 7/8 x 16 1/6 in. ">

Selected Works

Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
Installation view, west wall. Installation view, west wall.
Carbon I (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas mounted on masonite with inlays, 29 1/8 x 39 3/8 in. <i>Carbon I (1800/2020)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas mounted on masonite with inlays, 29 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.
Oil (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 in. <i>Oil (1970/2010)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8 in.
Democracy I (1945/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. <i>Democracy I (1945/2015)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in.
Life (1800/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. <i>Life (1800/2020)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.
Carbon II, 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 26 x 36 1/2in. <i>Carbon II</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 26 x 36 1/2in.
Installation view, west wall with Stefan Sagmeister Installation view, west wall with Stefan Sagmeister
Water (1990/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 27 x 38 1/2 in. <i>Water (1990/2015)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 27 x 38 1/2 in.
Suicide I (1950/2005), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/5 x 16 in. <i>Suicide I (1950/2005)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/5 x 16 in.
Woman II (1900/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/16 x 23 5/8 in. <i>Woman II (1900/2020)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 1/16 x 23 5/8 in.
Installation view, north and west walls. Installation view, north and west walls.
Suicide II (2000/2015), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 43 x 27 1/4 in. <i>Suicide II (2000/2015)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 43 x 27 1/4 in.
Death Penalty (1970/2010), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 16 1/2 x 38 3/8 in. <i>Death Penalty (1970/2010)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 16 1/2 x 38 3/8 in.
Famine I (1860/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. <i>Famine I (1860/2000)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.
Democracy II (1920/2020), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 17 2/4 x 35 3/4 in. <i>Democracy II (1920/2020)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 17 2/4 x 35 3/4 in.
Inequality (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Inequality (1900/2000)</i>, 2021. 
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Installation view, north wall. Installation view, north wall.
Disasters I (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition (6 +1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Disasters I (1900/2000)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition (6 +1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Famine II (1900/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Famine II (1900/2000)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Installation view, north and west walls. Installation view, north and west walls.
Woman I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 19 5/8 x 16 15/16 in. <i>Woman I (1900/2000)</i>, 2021.
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 19 5/8 x 16 15/16 in.
Installation view. Installation view.
News (1955/2000), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>News (1955/2000)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Stuff (2000/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Stuff (2000/2015)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
installation view, east wall. installation view, east wall.
Illiteracy (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. <i>Illiteracy (1820/2020)</i>, 2021.
Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in.

Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
Homicide, (1820/2020), 2021. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. <i>Homicide, (1820/2020)</i>, 2021.
Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in.

Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
Poverty, 1820/2020. Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in. Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China. <i>Poverty, 1820/2020</i>.
Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in.

Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
&lt;i&gt;Poverty, 1820/2020&lt;/i&gt;.
Embroidery on cotton, 54 5/8 x 77 1/2 in.

Credit – Yau Jiang Ping, Su Embroidery, China.
Guitars (1960/2015), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Guitars (1960/2015)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Disasters II (1920/2020)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Disasters II (1920/2020), 2021. Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in. <i>Disasters II (1920/2020)</i>, 2021.
Lenticular print, edition 6 (+1AP), 60 x 46 in.
Installation view, east and south walls. Installation view, east and south walls.
Literacy I (1900/2000), 2021. 19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 7/8 x 16 1/6 in. <i>Literacy I (1900/2000)</i>, 2021. 
19th Century oil on canvas, mounted on masonite with inlays, 20 7/8 x 16 1/6 in.

Stefan Sagmeister

Beautiful Numbers (verdana)
April 10 - May 15, 2021

Beautiful Numbers (verdana) Press Release

Opens Saturday, April 10, from 10-6pm
Press preview on Friday, April 9

Stefan Sagmeister is a New York based designer (b. 1962, Bregenz, Austria) whose philosophically driven, unconventional approach to his profession – and often status quo upending inventiveness paired with masterful execution – has earned him international recognition with major institutions exhibiting his work.

As a testimony to the extent to which Sagmeister is willing to question his own assumptions, he used himself as the investigator and the investigated in The Happy Film (2016) which is about one artist’s search for bliss and the quagmires it led to. It is an intensely personal search in which he sets up three methods for himself to find happiness through meditation, therapy and psychopharmaca, grading himself along the way.

Beautiful Numbers, Sagmeister’s new body of work, was conceived in 2020 as the daily lived experience – and short term media – reflected a world seemingly out of control, with democracy in peril, ubiquitous conflicts and an overall outlook of doom. Instead of focusing on attention catching daily headlines, the long term perspective – the only way making sense – shows actual improvement: there is less war, hunger and illiteracy; fewer people die in natural disasters, more people live in democracies, an increased number of women serve on Parliaments (see image above), and life expectancy has increased.

Sagmeister has visualized data collected over 100 years and transformed these graphs into inlaid 19th Century genre paintings, embroidered canvases, lenticular prints and hand painted water glasses – all of which will be for the first time on display at the gallery.

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Stefan Sagmeister received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (MAK) and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.

Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister, Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Guggenheim Museum, the Rolling Stones and HBO. Having been nominated eight times, he finally won two Grammy awards for his design work with the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne. He has also earned practically every important international design award.

His multimedia exhibitions have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries, including the Venice Biennale in 2018. The Happy Show, for example, originated in 2012 at the ICA Philadelphia, and travelled to the Design Exchange, Toronto, as well as MoCA LA, Pacific Design Center (both 2013). The Mak, Vienna, organized The Beauty Show in 2018, conjointly with the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, with subsequent stops at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (2020) and Fondation Martell, Cognac (2021).

Over the years, other venues included Maat, Lisbon (2018); Museum of Vancouver (2015); Chicago Cultural CenterJewish Museum, New York (both 2013); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2010); Deitch Projects, New York (2008); Wolfsonian, Miami (2007); and Zeroone Design Center, Seoul (2004).

His work is in the collections of MoMA, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of ArtArt Institute of Chicago, SFMoMA, as well as many other international institutions.

He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively internationally.

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Beautiful Numbers (verdana) - Stefan Sagmeister on the Importance of Questioning Our Assumptions, At A Distance podcast by The Slowdown.
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